Jessica McArt, DVM, PhD, DABVP (Dairy Practice)

Faculty member

Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences

Associate Professor

Jessica McArt's Lab


Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853

Office: 607.253.3140
Fax: 607.253.3982
Email: jmcart@cornell.edu

Research Interest

Research in the McArt Dairy Cow Lab focuses on the identification, epidemiology, and economics of periparturient diseases in dairy cows. As such, we are interested in identifying methods that accurately and quantitatively measure energy-related metabolites, macrominerals, and important biological markers "cow side" to improve detection of maladaptation to early lactation. Knowledge of a disease's epidemiology during the transition period and its association with other diseases is an important antecedent in determining management strategies and preventative measures that can be implemented to decrease the impact of disease in a herd. Our team has experience studying the epidemiology of hyperketonemia and hypocalcemia, and we are interested in investigating patterns of these and other periparturient disease to improve the wellbeing, health, and production of dairy cows. For these diseases, we continue to examine areas of biological function and dysfunction, successful monitoring and prevention techniques, and optimal treatment strategies. In addition to the health of individual cows in a herd, these diseases have a large impact on the financial success of a dairy farm. Economic considerations regarding the cost of parturient-related diseases and the cost-benefit of different testing and treatment strategies influence on farm engagement and management practices. Using deterministic and stochastic/iterative modeling methods, we continue to investigate the economic impact of transition cow diseases and promote evidence-based management and treatment practices that optimize cow health and farm profits.

Education

  • 2020, Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Dairy Practice)
  • 2009-2013, PhD, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Field of Comparative Biomedical Sciences
  • 2003-2007, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Production animal pathway
  • 1995-1999, Bachelor of Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, Major: biochemistry and molecular biology; Minor: engineering

Biography/Professional Experience

  • 2020-present, Associate Professor, Ambulatory and Production Medicine
    Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
  • 2017-present, Section Chief, Ambulatory and Production Medicine Clinic
    Cornell University Hospital for Animals, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
  • 2014-2020, Assistant Professor, Ambulatory and Production Medicine
    Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
  • 2013-2014, Assistant Professor, Livestock Medicine and Population Health
    Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523
  • 2008-2009, Resident, Ambulatory and Production Medicine Clinic
    Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
  • 2007-2008, Intern, Ambulatory and Production Medicine Clinic
    Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

Publications

  • PubMed Author search here

Awards and Honors

  • 2020, Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence
  • 2018, SCAVMA Teaching Excellence Award in Clinical Sciences
  • 2012, American Dairy Science Association, Graduation Student Presentation – 1st Place
  • 2011, American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Graduate Student Presentation – 1st Place
  • 2009, Resident Research Seminar, Cornell University – 1st Place
  • 2007, Myron G. Fincher Prize for Large Animal Obstetrics, Cornell University
  • 2006, F. H. Fox Scholarship, Cornell University
  • 2005, Amstutz Scholar, American Association of Bovine Practitioners

Professional/Academic Affiliations

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners
  • American Dairy Science Association
  • American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners
  • New York Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Veterinary Medical Association

Editorial Membership

  • Journal of Dairy Science, Section Editor – Health, Behavior, and Wellbeing

Accreditations and Licenses

  • National Veterinary Accreditation, USDA Category II
  • State Veterinary License, New York